Arthur Schlesinger, The Imperial Presidency, Easton Press Ed.


A Fine Gift, and an Important Read


Arthur Schlesinger began writing The Imperial Presidency in March, 1973, shortly after Richard Nixon’s reelection as president and the escalation of the Watergate scandal. Schlesinger had intended the book to examine how war-making power had been extended unofficially by the office of the president.

The book argues that throughout US history, the office of the president gradually appropriated authority exceeding that which was granted to the presidency by the Constitution, resulting in a concurrent erosion in congressional authority. One example being Abraham Lincoln and his executive orders and actions during the American Civil War, such as the suspension of habeas corpus and closing presses.

Easton Press has been a premier maker of fine books since the mid 1970s. Their books often include elements of older publishing and bookbinding styles, including fine leather bindings, gilt edges, raised bands on the spine, and ribbon markers.

Fine, as new, with raised bands, t.e.g., draw ribbon. 

Schlesinger, Arthur. The Imperial Presidency. 1973 w/additional “special content” added in 1988. Norwalk, CT; Easton Press. 505p, notes and index. 

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